The RSPCA of London and Wales is conducting an investigation after a cat and her eight kittens were found abandoned inside a zipped-up suitcase on a disused railway line in Halstead, Essex. This is the story of a black and white cat named Tarani and her eight kittens.
Donna Smith, RSPCA Animal Collections Officer (ACO) announced on their website
“It was pure chance that this woman happened to find these little kittens and their mum.
She was walking along the disused rail track when she wandered past a dumped suitcase, not thinking anything of it until her dog stopped and started sniffing it.
She took a closer look and heard tiny miaows coming from the case, so opened the zip a tiny bit – and was shocked to discover nine pairs of eyes peering back.
The mother cat and eight kittens had been just zipped up in the case and discarded. Who knows how long they had been there – it must have been terrifying for them. It would not have ended well had this kindly woman not come to their rescue – I have no doubt they would have suffered for days.”
The kittens were discovered in a remote spot between Great Yeldham and Castle Hedingham in Halstead, Essex on March 7. All were very thin and dehydrated. So much so that Tarini had to be put on a drip while in intensive care to help her recover. Her eight kittens were all named after characters from The Aristocats.
Toulouse, Tiny Tim, Scat Cat, Berloiz, Alli, Duchess, Marie and Eve are expected to fully recover from their ordeal and will eventually be adopted out into forever homes. Meanwhile, the search is on for the monster who stuffed this sweet family inside a suitcase and left them to die. Anyone with information is asked to confidentially contact the RSPCA at 0300 123 8018.
Updates will be posted on the RSPCA Facebook page.